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The 2001 Breeders’ Cup

Belmont Park

October 27, 2001

Attendance: 52,987
Handle: $104,145,186
Races: 8
Weather: 50°

The 18th Breeders’ Cup was held in New York just six weeks after the Tragedy of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Following a moving tribute in pre-race ceremonies to those who had fallen, an outstanding day of international competition commenced. European horses Banks Hill (Filly & Mare Turf), Johannesburg (Juvenile) and Fantastic Light (Turf) won consecutive races before the Classic. It was in the day’s final race that history was made, as defending champion Tiznow, ridden by Chris McCarron, became the first horse to win the Classic in consecutive years, outdueling Sahkee and Frankie Dettori in the stretch to win by a nose. It was McCarron’s record fifth win in the Classic.

2001 Breeders’ Cup Champions

Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
Classic 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic Tiznow C. McCarron J. Robbins Michael Cooper & Cecilia Straub-Rubens Cecilia Straub-Rubens
Sentient Jet Juvenile 2001 Grey Goose Juvenile Johannesburg M. Kinane A. O'Brien Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier W. G. Lyster III & Jayeff 'B' Stables
Longines Distaff 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff Unbridled Elaine P. Day D. Stewart Roger J. Devenport Golden Orb Farm & K. David Schwartz
Longines Turf 2001 Breeders' Cup Turf Fantastic Light L. Dettori S. bin Suroor Godolphin Racing Inc. Gainsborough Farm Inc.
Mile 2001 Breeders' Cup Mile Val Royal (FR) J. Valdivia Jr. J. Canani David S. Milch Jean-Luc Lagardere
Filly & Mare Turf 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Belmont Park Banks Hill (GB) O. Peslier A. Fabre Juddmonte Farms (Khalid Abdullah) Juddmonte Farms
14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Tempera D. Flores E. Harty Frankfurt Stables & Charles Whittingham Darley Stud Management
Xpressbet Sprint 2001 Breeders' Cup Sprint Squirtle Squirt J. Bailey R. Frankel David J. Lanzman Dr. Audrey Narducci